Netanyahu calls protesters against his reforms in Israel anarchists | news today
Nationwide protests against the government’s judicial reform plans take place for eleven weeks straight. Israel’s parliament passed a bill limiting the power of Israel’s Supreme Court in first reading on March 14.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who have been protesting against his government, in particular his judicial reform, as anarchists for eleven weeks, and urged greater intervention by the security forces.
“We will not accept anarchy,” Netanyahu said today at his weekly cabinet meeting, the day after about half a million Israelis demonstrated across the country, according to organizers.
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According to the prime minister, Israel faces “three struggles”, putting the Iranian nuclear threat, Palestinian “terrorism” and the “lawlessness” of the protesters on the same level, who have been cutting access to roads and highways for weeks in their protests, which have intensified in recent weeks.
Faced with this situation, Netanyahu asked the heads of the different security forces to adopt “a tougher stance” against the protesters and urged the Police Commissioner General, Kobi Shabtai, who has had several clashes in in recent weeks with the Minister of National Security, the extremist Itamar Ben Gvit, who believes that the police are acting with excessive caution.
Netanyahu also called on Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi to crack down on “insubordination” after hundreds of elite reservists stopped volunteering earlier today in protest of judicial reform, which critics view as a threat to security. democracy because it undermines judicial independence.
“There is no place to refuse to serve in public discourse,” said Netanyahu, who said he was not willing to tolerate “such phenomena.”
The prime minister also appealed to the Israeli Security Agency, or Shin Bet, to take “strong action” against the alleged incitement against him and his government partners.
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Israel has been very polarized and divided since the new Netanyahu government, the most right-wing and religious in the country’s history, took office at the end of December and, six days later, presented its controversial judicial reform plan, to which the opposition and broad sectors of society are vehemently opposed.
He is also against President Isaac Herzog, who last week presented an alternative reform project, with the idea of satisfying all parties and reconciling a divided country, although the government coalition hastened to reject his proposal, considering it “unilateral and partial”.
Netanyahu said that tonight he will hold a meeting with the leaders of the coalition to discuss some adjustments in the judicial reform, after several attempts at dialogue with the opposition failed.
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